Teddington - Oxenton - Alstone - Teddington

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An easy walk in the Cotswolds, which skirts around Oxenton Hill without ever reaching the top. There are modest climbs up the lower slopes of the hill which give fantastic views in all directions during the course of the walk, without the need for a long, hard climb to the top. If you are really lucky, as I was, you may see a steam train go past on the Gloucestershire – Warwickshire railway, which runs around the base of the hill.

The walk starts from Teddington, a small village which was rumoured to have been founded by a traveller who was fond of making drinks. He wanted to open a pub in an area of flourishing population so that he would get lots of business, but finally came to this area. He still decided to stay and ask if the few people there would help him build his tavern. The inhabitants agreed and they built the bar. After the structure was completed the people thought that it was such a magnificent building that they named the area, Teddington, as this was the man's last name and the name of the pub - Teddington Hands, as it had been made from scratch with the makers' bare hands. You will see the pub on the road just before reaching Teddington. It is now a popular country pub & restaurant with a large family friendly beer garden - there are no pubs on the walk itself, so you may well want to stop here.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds


Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells
12/5/2019 - R T Holmes

Today this walk was rendered difficult due to waterlogged ground - unexpected as much of the route is on elevated land. At waypoint 15, a large and intimidating badger proof gate with electric fence on top now protects the farmyard. There is no signage but the gate is easily opened and the route through the farmyard is as described. An identical gate has to be opened to leave the farmyard. At waypoint 19 it is not entirely clear that one has to climb up to the corner of the field where today the very small Winchcombe Way marker was almost entirely obscured.

9/18/2015 - R T Holmes

Excellent walk with far reaching vistas for a large part of its length. Some fences and gates appear to have been relocated as the instructions do not always match the landscape - particularly in the early stages. However, by refering to the map this presented no problems. At waypoint 25 we turned left onto the footpath which leads to Bengrove and joins the main road at Woodbine Cottage. This cut out a substantial amount of road walking.

7/29/2015 - Peter Holland

The recommended map is Explorer 150: this should read; Landranger 150. The Explorer 190 Malvern Hills & Bredon Hill is the best map to use.

8/26/2013 - Gary Beers

A very pleasant walk - while there is a bit of road work the roads in question are very quiet.

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